Roberts as The Zombie on ECW
|Birth name||Timothy Roberts|
December 27, 1976|
Staten Island, New York
|Died||January 7, 2015
Haskell, New Jersey
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Tim Arson
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|Billed from||Staten Island, New York
The Graveyard (As The Zombie on independent Circuits)
|Trained by||Johnny Rodz|
|Tim Arson on Myspace|
Timothy "Tim" Roberts (December 27, 1976 – January 7, 2015) was an American professional wrestler, known by his ring name Tim Arson, who worked in the Puerto Rican-based New Wrestling Stars and World Wrestling Council, as well as American and Puerto Rican independent promotions. In 2006, he appeared as The Zombie on the debut episode of World Wrestling Entertainment's ECW on Sci Fi television show.
Early career (2001-2006)
Trained by former WWF wrestler Johnny Rodz, Roberts made his debut in 2001 wrestling in Northeastern independent promotions including USA Xtreme Wrestling as a member of the stable Canadian Impact Alliance, winning the UXW United States and vacant New York Championship in a four way match with UXW United States Champion Kid Sweeney, Low Rida and Stryker on October 20 before losing the titles to Kid Kruel a week later. In March 2003, he participated in a gauntlet match defeating Poppalicious and Live Wyre before losing to Reefer. He would also appear in Mikey Whipwreck's New York Wrestling Connection defeating Guillotine LeGrande and Disturbed Damien Dragon in a three-way match at NYWC Rampage in Deer Park, New York on July 12, 2003.
Winning a battle royal to regain the vacant UXW New York State Championship on February 14, 2004, he would defend the title for several months before the title became inactive during the year. He would later lose to Kid Kruel in a three way match with Billy Reil for the vacant UXW United States title on February 26, 2005.
Puerto Rico and WWE (2006-2007)
In early 2006, he began touring Puerto Rico with the World Wrestling Council defeating The D'Jour Twins in a handicap match at a show in Carolina, Puerto Rico on March 4, 2006. On March 19 at an New Wrestling Stars event held at the Municipal Coliseum at Añasco, Puerto Rico, Roberts became involved in a fight between female wrestlers Yaritza and Sandra. He later acted as the special referee during the main event between Huracán Castillo and El Diamante later that night. After Castillo defeated Diamante, he and Diamante attacked Castillo with a number of other villains.
During the next few weeks, he also defeated Bad Boy, Bronco and Hunter in singles matches and teamed with Black Pain against Abbad and Eddie Colón during April. Shortly after defeating Bronco I at the Bruiser Broady Memorial Weekend in Ponce, Puerto Rico on April 28, he defeats Rickie Vallens for the NWS Heavyweight Championship two days later on April 30, 2006.
Within several weeks, he also teamed with Rico Suave defeating America's Most Wanted for the WWC Tag Team titles on June 3, 2006. Feuding with Glamour Boy Shane over the NWS Heavyweight title, he eventually defeated Shane in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico on June 3, 2006. Due to the pre-match stipulations, Shane was forced to leave the promotion.
During that same month, Roberts appeared as Tim Arson in a dark match on WWE Raw against Matt Striker on June 12 which eventually aired on WWE Heat. The following night, he appeared on ECW as The Zombie in which he lost to The Sandman after taking several shots to the head from The Sandman's Singapore cane.
Returning to the WWC the following month, he and Rico Suave successfully defended the titles against SWAT Team on July 21 before losing the WWC Tag Team titles to Huracan Castillo and Chris Joel at the WWC supercard Aniversario 33 on August 12, 2006. Although recapturing the titles on September 4, they lost to Chris Joel and Fire Blaze less than a week later. He and Suave continued to lose matches to Hammett and Rick Stanley as well as rematches against Huracan Castillo and Chris Joel later during the year as well as single matches to Castillo and Jose Rivera, Jr..
Feuding with Glamour Boy Shane over the NWS Heavyweight title during early 2007, he defeated "Cowboy" Justin Nice before losing to former tag team partner Rico Suave and Huracan Castillo in a Handicap match on January 20, 2007. In May 2007, he married his long term valet Yaritza.
Later career (2007-2015)
Later that year, he headlined the IWA Puerto Rico supercard Christmas in Puerto Rico in a match against IWA Heavyweight Champion Blitz in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on December 15, 2007. He had at one point defeated Blitz for the title, illegally using the ropes to pin Blitz. However, Invader #1 came out and informed the referee what had happened and the decision was reversed. In 2014 he wrestled in Atomic Championship Wrestling's "Youth Gone Wild" in Pennsylvania where he went up against Malcolm and was victorious, despite the fact that Malcolm used an illegal object throughout the match.
On January 7, 2015, Roberts died at the age of 38 in Haskell, New Jersey. The cause of death is unknown.
- Finishing moves
- Five Alarm Backdraft (Fireman's carry stunner)
- Signature moves
- "The Arsonist"
- "El Piromaniaco"
Championships and accomplishments
- New Wrestling Stars
- NWS Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- USA Xtreme Wrestling
- World Wrestling Council
- Gonzalez, Manuel (2006-04-05). "USA Pro Wrestling Results: 3/8/03". Wrestling-News.com.
- "NYWC Rampage Results – July 12, 2003 (Deep Park, New York)". NYWCwrestling.com. 2007.
- Rodriguez, Armando (2006-03-28). "The Puerto Rico Report 3.28.06: A legend turns heel! Gama Singh Jr in action! Rhino shows up in IWA! NWS World Champ to be crowned! And much more.". 411mania.com.
- Gonzalez, Manuel (2006-04-05). "Newsline (4/5/2006): Puerto Rico". 1wrestling.com.
- Windy City Pro Wrestling (2007). ""The Glamor Boy" Shane". WindyCityProWrestling.com.
- World Wrestling Entertainment (2006). "WWE: Mediaplayer – Heat 06/16/06, Matt Stryker vs. Tim Arson". WWE.
- Jones, Neal (2006-07-08). "Tim Arson "ECW Zombie" interview regarding the gimmick". Wrestling Observer.
- "Extreme Championship Wrestling: Sci-Fi Channel Taping #1". ProWrestlingHistory.com.
- "World Wrestling Council: 33rd Anniversary Show". ProWrestlingHistory.com.
- Rodriguez, Armando (2007-12-16). "IWA Puerto Rico Christmas in PR Results for 12.15.07: Rey Gonzales returns to IWA, Blitz defends the IWA World Title against Tim Arson and much more!". 411mania.com.
- Mike Johnson (2015-01-07). "Tim Roberts AKA Tim Arson & The ECW Zombie, Passes Away". Pro Wrestling Insider.
- Tsakiries, Phil; Brian Westcott (2006). "USA Pro Wrestling United States Title History". Puroresu Dojo.
- Tsakiries, Phil (2006). "USA Pro Wrestling New York State Title History". Solie's Title Histories.
- "W.W.C. World Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.